Monday, March 1st 2010: 30 minutes on exercise bike. My first attempt was to run on the treadmill but my knee had other ideas. Fine, be that way you dumb knee. I didn't want to run on the treadmill anyway.
Tuesday, March 2nd 2010: 4 miles at the track. My knee still wasn't feeling the love. I could go about 100 meters (one fourth of the way around the track) before it started to ache. So I decided I would run 100 meters, then walk 100 meters and got 4 miles in.
But you know what's crazy? By walking every 100 meters, I still averaged a 11:41/mile pace. I figured out that at that pace, I could walk every 100 meters in the marathon and still finish in 5 hours! Not that I'm planning to walk every 100 meters, but it was comforting to know that I could and still finish in a respectable 5 hours.
Wednesday, March 3rd 2010: 4 miles @ 9:53 per mile pace. I headed to Confluence Park with Tom to scout out a course for the upcoming Hurricane Trails River Run on July 3rd. The scenery is amazing and the hills are a fun challenge.
At one point I was huffing and puffing and sweating gallons. I glanced over at Tom who looked like he had exerted about as much energy as it would take to make Ramen noodles. I had a pleasant exhaustion.
Thursday, March 4th 2010: Rest. And cherry chocolate cake.
Friday, March 5th 2010: 13 miles @ 11:17 per mile pace. I drove a few minutes up the road toward Apple Valley to get to an area where I would have a long dirt road. For you natives, I headed toward Diamond Ranch Academy.
The weather was PERFECT. The temperature was PERFECT. You couldn't ask for anything better. And the scenery was incredible. There were many points where I had to stop and drink in the vistas all around me.
I took lots of walk breaks. I was strict about walking every few minutes whether I felt like I needed to or not. I decided that my goal for this run was to end feeling good. I wanted to finish feeling like I could run another mile if I wanted to.
The frequent walk breaks helped tremendously. There were sections where I was sore and tired but I never felt exhausted. It felt really good to take walk breaks because I wanted to instead of walking because an injury forced me to. Another thing that helped is that I didn't look at my watch once. Not once! It prevented me from feeling stressed that I wasn't going fast enough.
I was so happy to finish the run while accomplishing my goal: my body felt good enough that it could have run another mile. I have been converted to Jeff Galloway's run/walk method. I think me and running are friends again.
"Make friends with pain and you will never be alone."
~ Ken Clouber